Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Challenge (MSFC#6) ...God's lullabyes

Good morning and welcome to another new challenge at Mustard Seed Faith! We thank everyone who participated in our last challenge or visited the blog to read the devotional.

This week's challenge is based on the book of Psalms and you are to create a baby card or something to do with a lullabye. This week's thoughts:

Several weeks ago in church the pastor used an illustration in reference to the psalms that I had never thought about before. He said that just as a mother sings lullabyes to her children at night to help them rest when going to bed, the book of psalms can be likened to God’s lullabyes to His children.

It made me realize how often I turn to the psalms for help with any number of wide-ranging emotions. When I am angry or upset at a certain situation I’ll often turn to Psalm 73. It contains a progressive narrative that moves me from indignation and anger to sorrow, thoughts of humility at the great gift God has given me and thankfulness for the close relationship with His son, Jesus.

During my years as a single mother when I often felt overwhelmed I clung to verse 1 of Psalm 57 (KJ), “In the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” It made me feel like a little bird, safe under the wings of the One who is always in control, and helped me rest when my mind was whirling late at night with a seemingly impossible list of tasks and responsibilities.

Just the other night we received some distressing financial news, so while I prepared dinner I asked my daughter to read to me out loud from the psalms so I could find comfort and focus on the eternal, rather than the temporal. I wrote out verse 1 of Psalm 122 (NIV) and pinned it to my refrigerator, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.

What psalms or verse of a psalm speaks to your heart in a situation you’re facing right now? Maybe it is illness, or loneliness or sorrow or even joy. The psalms speak to the full range of emotions and help rock us to sleep with the knowledge that whatever it might be, whatever we are facing, God is in control. And He loves His children.

This week’s challenge is to make a baby card or a project that speaks to the theme of Psalms as lullabyes. We hope you join us and please, leave us your thoughts on your favorite psalm, or favorite for the moment, and how it has worked in your life.   

Now for our projects from the design team:

Tracey Fehr

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mustard Seed's Marvelous Monday Mentions April Traveling Mercies

Good evening!

We had a lot of fun creating our traveling mercies projects and some of you did too! There were a few that were difficult for team members to comment upon; different format than a blog. But we did look at each and every one and want to thank you for participating!

Now for a few awards...

First of all, we had a giveaway with our last challenge related to the traveling mercies theme. Nurturing Naomi, an etsy creator and seller, generously donated a string art piece themed for the state of the winner. In other words, you get to choose your state or another state (if you want to give it as a gift) for Nurturing Naomi to create in string art. The random number generator chose "1"! Which is Natalie H. I left you a message on your blog, Natalie, please contact us to claim your prize!

Next up, our Marvelous Monday Mentions! You are welcome to display the badge on our sidebar on your blog if you have one. Thank you again and here they are (sorry, some are blurry, please visit the individual blogs for a better look):

Bailmac on SCS:

 Cimbacreativefun blog

Creating with Olga:
There is still time to play in our current, sketch challenge! Hope to see you there!